Benton County

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Benton County is named for Thomas Hart Benton, who was a United States Senator from Missouri.


Created:  December 21, 1837

County Seat:

Vinton  1838 – present


County Courthouse – Vinton


Location:  111 East 4th Street / 1st Avenue Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  C E Bell and M S Detweiler

Contractor:  George Rickman and Sons Company


Description: The building faces south and is a three story Buckeye buff colored sandstone structure. The center section projects from the main building and has an arched entrance on the first story. There is a large arched window on the second story with pediment above. The east and west wings also project. On the center of the roof is a high square clock tower rising 112 feet with cupola at the top. There is a rotunda in the interior. During the construction of the building, the superintendent was J A Murphy.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1838 and the second courthouse was built in 1852. The previous courthouse was designed and constructed by John Tyler in 1856 at a cost of #13,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $105,000.



N – Black Hawk County and Buchanan County

E – Linn County

S – Iowa County

W – Tama County























Photos taken 2008